Re: What would you choose for a $5000 A-style?
Not quite $5,000.00 (more like $3K or a touch over), I'd consider Lou Stiver for sure.
I also just want every body to know that I just love my new Cohen!! A touch different? Yeah. Just a joy to play though, very well constructed, innovative, beautiful, just the whole package. Conventional? No, not even close (mines redwood and walnut).
I'd love to have John Hamlett build me a mandolin.
Larry Muth is currently building me a red spruce/big-leaf A5 and I can't wait! He's more like $2.2K though, so I guess you could go with both a Muth and Cohen (like me) and be right at your overall price point.
Never play the other popular names mentioned above, but they sure make beautiful instruments judging from their photos and such.
ˇpapá gordo ain’t no madre flaca!
'20 A3, '84 1N, '84 A5-1, '06 Phoenix Bluegrass, 2012 Cohen A5, 2012 Muth A5